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Two immediately come to mind for me - one in football and one in basketball. In football, when astroturf (as opposed to field turf) was popular, you'd often hear people talk about how much faster a particular player or team would be on turf, and therefore pose that much more of a problem. However, while you could definitely run faster on turf than on real grass, the same was true for every player on the field, so there wouldn't be an increase in speed relatively speaking.
In basketball, especially in the NBA, you'll hear announcers talk about coaches trying to rest their stars in the final minute of a quarter, with the idea that they get that much time of rest on the game clock, but they get even more rest in terms of real time, because of the break between quarters. People talk about this being a smart move, but it honestly never made sense to me. You get to rest in that time between quarters anyway, even if you aren't taken out of the game, so it's really only adding the actual game time that player is sitting out to his total rest time.
I'm sure there are a lot more that you've all heard. Feel free to add yours here.
There are so many in baseball that don't stand up to statistical scrutiny that I don't even know where to start. I guess one would be the notion that a catcher handles a pitching staff well (usually said about why a catcher who can't hit anything is in the lineup). There is no statistical proof that a pitcher does better with one catcher vs. another. A good pitcher will get you out, period.
And don't get me started on sacrifice bunts (sacrifice your chance to win).
Life is hard. It's really hard if you're stupid.
I agree with your first statement but as a former pitcher, who is catching you makes a big difference. Also, many pitchers would rather have someone else calling the game for them and to simply focus on the pitch and where to throw the ball. There's a reason Greg Maddox use to have Eddie Perez catch him instead of Javier Lopez (Do we really think that it was Lopez's day off?).
I understand it, but there is zero statistical proof that it matters. Reading Bill James' work has changed my attitude about a lot of the "conventional wisdom" in baseball.
This post was edited by Bluzmn59 12 months ago
Football's "prevent defense". Need I say more?
1:15 left in the first half with a timeout on the 28 and running 3 RB dives to get to the half.
This post was edited by JWolf0074 12 months ago
Who would do something that incredibly stupid?
I thought the topic of this thread was "common" theories in sports that make no sense, not theories that are only unique to Iowa that make no sense.
That didn't take long.
That coaches are always right and players better keep their mouths shut.
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Just remembered another one that drives me crazy. You'll often hear an announcer say something like "that's why he plays defense" whenever a defensive back drops an interception. IMO, this is one of the dumbest theories in all of sports, and I immediately tune out any broadcaster that says that. First of all, when a wide receiver is running a route, he knows exactly where he's supposed to be, he knows what the quarterback's read is, the quarterback knows where the receiver is going to be, the receiver knows when the ball will be delivered, and he's likely run that route with that quarterback dozens of times in practice. On the other hand, defensive backs often have one eye or even both eyes on the receiver, so they don't always see the ball right away or even know that it's coming until the last second. They've also never caught a pass from that quarterback. Those factors right there make it a much more difficult catch to make. Additionally, there are a lot of defensive players out there that would be phenomenal offensive players, but they prefer the extra freedom and aggressiveness you can play with on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive players also are generally tougher than their counterpart on offense, and prefer playing defense because of that. A lot of players love to hit too much to play offense instead of defense.
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